Treatment Information - Treatment information provided by Susan G. Komen For The Cure
Surgery for Breast Cancer - Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery. Surgery is often needed to remove a breast tumor.
Radiation Therapy - Radiation therapy is treatment with high-energy rays or particles that destroy cancer cells.
Chemotherapy - Chemotherapy (often called "chemo") is treatment with cancer-killing drugs that may be given intravenously (injected into a vein) or by mouth.
Hormone Therapy - Hormone therapy is another form of systemic therapy. It is most often used as an adjuvant therapy to help reduce the risk of cancer recurrence after surgery, but it can be used as neoadjuvant treatment, as well.
Targeted Therapy - As researchers have learned more about the gene changes in cells that cause cancer, they have been able to develop newer drugs that specifically target these changes. These targeted drugs work differently from standard chemotherapy drugs.
Bisphosphonates - Bisphosphonates are drugs that are used to help strengthen and reduce the risk of fractures in bones that have been weakened by metastatic breast cancer.
High-Dose Chemotherapy with Stem Cell Transplant - One way to get around killing blood-making stem cells via chemotherapy or radiation is to remove some of the patient's stem cells from either the peripheral (circulating) blood or bone marrow, give the high-dose treatment, and then return the stem cells into the body through a blood transfusion.
Clinical Trials - Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies - These methods can include vitamins, herbs, and special diets, or other methods such as acupuncture or massage, to name a few.
Treatment of Invasive Breast Cancer, By Stage
Treatment By Stages - Breast-conserving surgery is often appropriate for earlier-stage invasive breast cancers if the cancer is small enough, although mastectomy is also an option. If the cancer is too large, a mastectomy will be needed, unless pre-operative (neoadjuvant) chemotherapy can shrink the tumor enough to allow breast-conserving surgery.
Treatment of Breast Cancer During Pregnancy
Treatment During Pregnancy - Breast cancer is diagnosed in about 1 pregnant woman out of 3,000. In general, treatment recommendations depend upon how long the woman has been pregnant.
Maintaining Good Breast Health - Know the risk factors and practice good breast health.
Lumpectomy and Mastectomy - Learn about the two basic types of surgery to remove breast cancer.